I have a good feeling about next year. I’m looking forward to it for many reasons, and the books I hope to read is one of them. I really want to push myself in the new year to delve outside of my comfort zone in terms of reading. I don’t anticipate that I will love every new and different thing that I try, but I want to expose myself to books that I never would have even thought of reading a year ago. I’m starting off my exploration of literature by identifying and listing 7 books that are on my 2020 TBR list :>)
1) IT by Stephen King
I’m just going to get it out of the way. I’ve mentioned this book in almost eVERY SINGLE one of my previous blog posts, and even I’m getting a little sick of repeating it. I’m happy to say that I have received the novel for Christmas and will surely be delving into it fairly early on next year.
2) A Little Life by Hanya Yanigahara
It seems from the books within my list so far that I am set on destroying my own being as much as possible in the year coming. And you know what, that is probably not a false accusation to make. But what better way to die than being swallowed by your own despair that just happened to be born from a wad of dead trees and a whole lot of imagination? There is no one I would rather have yeet my limp body off a cliff than a fictional character that really shouldn’t have such great power over my life, and yet time and time again I find myself falling under their painfully sweet wrath. The opinions upon this book are divided, and I want to see what I think about it when I come out on the other side- if I come out on the other side…
3) Flowers in the Attic by Virginia Andrews
The praise upon this book is endless, and I can’t believe I am yet to read it. I feel a serious sense of FOMO to be honest… I seem to be the last to the party to read such a celebrated story. I’m excited to see what makes this book such a favourite to many book lovers out there… and even more excited to see if it will become one of my own too!
4) Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Once again I can’t believe I haven’t read this one. As a very keen crime fiction reader, it seems odd that I haven’t picked it up yet. However, I’m also very picky about my crime/thriller novels, so I am hesitant to start it out of fear that it won’t live up to my expectations, but no doubt it will be out of the way by this time next year; either a proud favourite or another one to clutter my ever-growing bookshelves.
5) Grief is the Thing With Feathers by Max Porter
This is just a short one, but I’ve found that many short books can have the biggest impact. The book appears shrouded in mystery, and nothing gives me more pleasure than finishing a story that had at first emerged as an enigma. Its a similar feeling to putting the final piece of a puzzle together, then sitting back and admiring the picture you created from scraps. Or like solving a riddle, finally seizing the answer that had been floating around your head all this time, slipping away every time you thought you had it. Even the lovely person at the till when I bought it said that it was really good, and I find that the opinion of someone who works at a bookstore can always be trusted, even on matters not involving books. Unless you’ve watched YOU on Netflix and then… maybe not.
6) Turtles all the Way Down by John Green
I’ve heard only amazing things about this book. Mainly consisting of its overwhelming accuracy and honesty in the portrayal of mental illness. I think if it is done as well as the reviews I’ve heard have said, it will be refreshing for a YA read. I would be shocked if I didn’t find it as accurate as people have said, as the main demographic for this book seems consistent of people suffering from mental illnesses, such as anxiety. The idea of it being accurate does scare me a little though. Thoughts provoked by anxiety seem so personal, like a claustrophobic battle going on in your own mind. Except no one ever wins, because your eternal opponent is yourself. Having it written in a book won’t solve anything, but its comforting and gives it a vivid and warm sense of community. I’m excited to read this book and see what kind of impact on me it will have.
7) NON FICTION
While I know this is not one singular book, it is a goal that I have set myself to read more non-fiction books. And when I say more, I just mean any at all. Out of all the books I read last year, NONE of them were non-fiction. I really want to work on bettering my life in 2020, and there are so many books I can read about that. I can read about my hobbies, about things that interest me, fascinate me and motivate me. The possibilities within books is endless, and even as an avid book reader and lover, even I sometimes forget their power.
And that’s it! I really enjoyed making this post and I hope you enjoyed reading it, although it was fairly long so I would be impressed if you got to the end… . Still, I am very excited about some of the things I will be reading in 2020, and I hope that with that will come expansion of the content within my blog. I also want to make a bit more room in my life for other things that I know I enjoy but have pushed to the side, and that may mean some more different things on here once in a while too. I really am feeling positive about the year ahead, and I hope if you are reading this you have a fantastic year as well. Bye!